The medical officer of health for the Brant County Health Unit has issued a heat advisory alert for Monday.
Dr. Malcom Lock issued the advisory because the humidex is expected to either reach 40 degrees Celsius or higher or it will reach 36 degrees Celsius or higher with a smog alert in the Brant area.
High temperatures impair the cooling effect of sweating and may put certain people at risk for heat-related illness.
Signs of heat illness include rapid breathing, extreme tiredness, headaches, confusion, fainting and weakness. Seek help or call 911 if experiencing any symptoms.
The BCHU suggests the following to reduce risk of heat-related illness:
• Drink lots of water and stay in the shade when outside.
• Wear a broad-rimmed hat and loose-fitting, light clothing.
• Spend a few hours in places with air-conditioning, such as shopping malls or libraries.
• Take a cool bath or shower or cool down with wet towels.
• Avoid heavy meals and avoid using your oven.
• Keep electric lights turned off and keep window coverings closed.
• Avoid moderate and intense physical activity.
• Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
• Use fans.
• Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding side effects of your medications.
The heat alert will remain in effect on a daily basis until a cancellation notice is issued.